Colorado Youth Hunters – Banner Lakes Youth Waterfowl Skills Day


DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to offer a youth waterfowl skills day on August 9 at Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area near Keenesburg. For those youth who’ve recently graduated from hunter education, this is a great opportunity to advance to the next level and develop skills in waterfowl hunting. For newcomers, this is an excellent way to learn about a great hunting tradition.

Participants will learn how to call ducks and geese, learn about decoying tactics, practice shooting from different types of blinds, and learn about waterfowl habitats.

WHO: Youth ages 10-18 years old and their guardian(s)

WHAT: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area Youth Waterfowl Skills Day

WHEN: Saturday, August 9, 8 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area, Weld County

HOW: To reserve your spot or for more information, please contact District Wildlife Manager Chris Mettenbrink at 970-472-4405 or email at The number of participants is limited so please make reservation as soon as possible.

DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 76 at Hudson (Exit 31), go 4 miles east on Highway 52 to the property. The property is situated on both sides of the highway. Parking areas are well-marked.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to

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Colorado – Youth & Women Learn to Hunt

AUG. 1 DEADLINE NEARING FOR HUNTER OUTREACH PROGRAM MENTORED HUNTSDENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding women and youth interested in learning how to hunt big or small game – including deer, elk, pronghorn, upland birds or waterfowl – that the deadline to  participate in the agency’s  Hunter Outreach Program is Thursday, Aug. 1, before 5 p.m.Applications for the ‘Women Afield’ and ‘Youth Hunting’ hunts can be found at and at

The Hunter Outreach Program provides guidance and mentorships to novice women and youth hunters through various clinics, workshops, seminars and private-land hunts that instill the knowledge, skills, ethics and traditions of hunting.



“Hunting is a big part of Colorado’s heritage and a very important part of wildlife management,” said Hunter Outreach Coordinator Jim Bulger. “Many women and youth want to participate but do not have someone to show them how, so that is why these programs are so valuable to the aspiring hunter.” 

The Women Afield Program is designed to allow novice hunters and anglers to learn alongside other women in a comfortable environment. The program’s summertime seminars and clinics cover basic shooting, fishing and archery skills in the classroom or range with plenty of “hands-on” experience. Although not required to participate, the clinics and seminars prepare them for the opportunity to apply for mentored big game, pheasant and waterfowl hunts during the fall.

The Youth Hunting Program also provides inexperienced hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 with a variety of clinics and seminars. The mentoring and guidance during the clinics and hunts ensures that they have a positive, outdoor experience that can lead to a lifelong respect and enjoyment of the outdoors.

“Too many of our youth are not participating in healthy outdoor activities, and that is a concern,” said Kathleen Tadvick, hunter outreach coordinator in Grand Junction. “Whether they are successful in the field or not, hunting is a powerful experience that teaches responsibility, ethics, outdoor skills, knowledge of wildlife, firearms skills and physical fitness, among many other positive attributes.”

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 can participate in in mentored big game hunts and youth between 10 and 17 are also eligible for mentored upland game and waterfowl hunts.

Hunt applications submitted to the Hunter Outreach Program are selected by random drawing. Successful applicants are offered a hunt by the outreach coordinator. If the successful applicant accepts the hunt, they are “booked” on that hunt and will be contacted by the Huntmaster in charge. If the hunt is declined, the hunt is offered to another hunter.

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